Becoming the Pin-Up Girl

I'm on a journey from obesity to health.. and I'm hoping to reveal my inner Pin-Up Girl along the way ;-)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Is anyone else pissed off..

that it took Star Jones three years to admit that she had had WLS? Or does anyone else care? Read the article here. I'm primarily angry because she had all that time, in front of literally MILLIONS of women, to discuss the issue of morbid obesity in an open forum and she chose not to. She subjected those poor women to all the details of her bullshit wedding, but couldn't talk about one of the BIGGEST HEALTH CRISES that our nation has ever seen? It pisses me off that obesity is still seen as a personality flaw.. something to feel shame over. The only shame she should feel is in failing to use the power of the media to help others suffering the way that she suffered.


Blogger Incredible Me said...

Let me say I am not a fan of Star Jones in any way, shape or form.

However, I too have told very few people about my WLS (I haven't even told my boss or coworkers).

For one thing I have this fear that I will be one of those patients who will fail miserably, and if that happens the fewer people that know the better.

What can I say? I'm still ashamed of myself.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Shel said...

Frankly, it boggles my mind. I was so excited about my surgery that I would, and will, tell anybody and everybody that I had it and how it has changed my life. As a matter of fact, we stopped for some Thai take-out over the weekend and the owner noticed my wedding ring was on my pointer finger and thought that was funny. That was enough of an opener for me so I went into the whole thing. I love that look of shock that goes across people's faces, like they could never imagine me weighing 325 pounds. It's great motivation every time it happens. However, I hear all the time about people that haven't told anyone but their immediate family and I can only assume it's for the reasons the previous poster wrote about. I just always wonder what other people that know them think. I would be afraid my friend had cancer or something and wasn't telling me.

Hey, isn't it time for new pics?? Hint, hint... I'm so proud of you for losing the 8-ball. 7 is a lucky number!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

my friend, i have to admit that i disagree with you on this one. it seems like star's real problem was a lack of self-esteem, which resulted in both her obesity and evasiveness regarding her surgery. my heart breaks for people who battle depression and all its horrible side effects. in the article you reference she really seems to own up to this, even admitting to being a hypocrite. now she is bring awareness to two issues: obesity and insecurtiy. i really appreciate how she points out that even after losing all the weight she was still just as angry, shameful, and insecure as before. i always resent it when overweight people tell me that if they could just be as skinny as me they would be happy. how dillusional can you be??? it may be cliche, but true: happiness comes from within. of course, being healthy and feeling good about how you look doesn't hurt. how about a "better late than never" for star?

2:05 PM  
Blogger Danyele said...

This is a link to the original article, written by Star herself. I'm glad that I took the time to read it. While I don't identify with her insecurity in sharing that she had WLS, I do appreciate that she "came clean" with the public.

Like Shel, I've shared my WLS experiences from the beginning and have been more than happy to do so. I created this blog not only as a means to reach out for support, but in the hopes that I could give support to others who might be making the decision whether or not WLS was right for them. Star wasn't ready to take on that responsibility - I understand that.. sort of. I think she was definitely in the wrong position (on the 'View') if she was unwilling to take that on, and that is probably why she was ultimately asked to leave.

Kat - I'm glad that, as my friend, you're comfortable enough to tell me what you really think, even if we don't see eye-to-eye. I think that's awesome and I'm touched to know it. Thanks.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

no prob. i am glad that my comments weren't taken the wrong way! discussion is always stimulating and needed.

also, i have always been so relieved that you don't have the insecurity that star did. i love that you are sharing your journey with the world.

btw, i agree with shel: where are some updated pics? i want to see the new size 10 bod!

4:41 PM  

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